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Diagnosing Peripheral Arterial Disease


The fellowship-trained vascular specialists at Vascular & Interventional Associates are experts in the diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease, its signs and symptoms including:

  • Limb claudication (pain in the arms and legs that comes on with walking or using the arms) caused by an arterial blockage
  • Critical limb ischemia, or inadequate blood flow and oxygen to limbs due to an arterial blockage, resulting in pain in the legs at rest
  • Arterial/diabetic ulcers from an arterial blockage
  • Chronic mesenteric ischemia, which is plaque build-up in the arteries of the gut, resulting in chronic abdominal pain
  • Renal artery stenosis, or the narrowing of arteries that carry blood to one or both of the kidneys, which can often lead to renovascular hypertension
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Visceral artery aneurysm

Why it’s important to treat PAD?

Because PAD is a progressive disease, it demands action. Damage to the arteries that causes PAD can begin before symptoms are noticeable. And when symptoms become noticeable, they're easily overlooked. Those with PAD are also at high risk for heart disease, stroke, aortic aneurysms, diabetes and hypertension, and have a two- to three-fold higher risk of mortality from a cardiovascular incident.